Monthly Archives: March 2011

Establishing a Biblical World View

Definition: A world view is any set of presuppositions – assumptions that may be either true or false – which a person holds – either consciously or subconsciously – consistently or inconsistently – about the basic makeup of the world.

Principle 1: Everyone has a world view. There is no neutrality when it comes to an individual’s assumptions about the world.

Everyone has  pre-supposed set of ideas or philosophies of the world in which we live. Everyone has an opinion of what is right or wrong, good or evil, acceptable or unacceptable. Everyone holds to a particular set of beliefs, standards, creeds, and code of ethics all of which are based upon some form of a supposition about the world around us.

Principle 2: Every assumption is a belief and therefore every assumption is religious. Every presupposition is a belief, religiously based upon  in one thing or another. Whether the assumption is based upon the notion of God, or the notion that there is no god, it is a religious assumption.

Most folks hold to a general belief in a god,  a group of gods,  luck, chance, fate, extraterrestrials, the self, government or any number of higher forms of power. All of these ideas about the world form an individual’s presupposition and they are religious in nature.

Principle 3: Everyone thinks in terms of a particular world view presupposition. The presuppositions man has about the world will form how he thinks.

Principle 4: Everyone acts according to a particular set of world view presuppositions. This means that a man will behave and make decisions based upon his beliefs about the world around him. Thus, man is controlled in his everyday affairs by his world view.

But the question is, “Is there an absolute right and wrong view of the world around us?” If the answer is “yes”, then which is the right view? If the answer is “no” then it doesn’t really matter what men do, since everyman will do what is good and right in his own eyes.

The reality is that the world was created with absolutes, by an absolutely righteous and unchanging God. There is an absolute right and wrong, and there is an absolute measuring standard by which to view all things – the moral Law of God.

The reason why man repudiates God’s Law and the totality of the Holy Scripture, to the extent that he does, is because he desires to be his own god.

The unchangeable Law of God is the only standard by which mankind can see  clearly and judge rightly.

The professorial staff at  New Geneva understands the vital importance of a Biblical World View and have developed a series of courses to train the Christian for their destiny or leadership dominion in a world gone mad.

Review our World View Course list here. Registration can begin at any time.

The New Geneva is certified by The Virginia  State Counsel of Higher Education

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Family Economics Conference 2011 Update

In a series of lectures and workshops during Kevin Swanson’s March 2011 “Family Economic Conference”, the focus was upon family stewardship and its unity of purpose. One of the most misunderstood aspects of life, especially in the Christian realm, seems to be economics.

Economics is central to every aspect of life. Everyone trades something for something else. Life is comprised of trade-offs. We trade time for money, and money for things. Life is all about determining which trade is the better bargain. This is called trading at the margin.

New Geneva was represented at the Conference amidst the Chalcedon Book Table since New Geneva uses many of Dr. R.J. Rushdoony’s work as textbooks.

In this time of economic fear it is fitting to have a conference on the family’s economic responsibly and its security. It is also fitting to highlight courses and programs which prepare individuals and families for the rough times ahead. And so, to better prepare families and individuals for what may be the worst economic crisis of our time, New Geneva offers a wide range of courses in Economics, Stewardship and Business.

But studies on economics is not the real beginning point. Economic stewardship begins with proper Christian character.Without a proper Christ-centered focus all the studies in economics will avail nothing. Therefore along with every course tract at New Geneva the course on “Christian Character” is mandated.

PTR THEO VI – Christian Character  (PTR 200)
This course is designed for every Geneva student.
Requirements: Each student must show an in-depth understanding of the material presented and must be able to show forth the fruit of their study.

Instructor: Rev. Dr. Paul Michael Raymond
Format:
Correspondence/Independent Study
Course Fee: $225 (3 credit Hours @$75/hr)

Check out our web site for the latest updated course listings and our Ambassador School Blog.


POST: Introduction to Biblical Economics

Prof: Rev. Paul Michael Raymond

All grades have been submitted to the registrar and will be mailed out within the next week.

Teacher Observations
(Some helps for the Student)

1. Students need to submit assignments in a timely manner. Lecture notes, chapter summaries and essays must be handed in by the date requested, unless there are special situations previously discussed with the professor.

2. Students desiring to write effectively should consider a refresher course in grammar.

3. When writing a position paper, attention must be given to providing concrete analysis, along with concrete solution models.
Simply repeating what another author or professor has already stated, without providing analytical insight, does not achieve the Leadership goal of solving problems. All papers must provide concrete recommendations to the stated problem or cultural situation.

4. In the future: All assignments should have a “cover page” with the course title, date, and student information listed.

5.Footnotes and Bibliographies are always a plus, and counted in the students favor when graded.

6. Inc. = Incomplete: If the student has failed to complete the course requirements in the time allotted, an incomplete grade (Inc. ) is issued. The student can opt to re-take the course via correspondence.Contact the professor to make these arrangements.

These Letter Grade demarcations may help determine your progress

Grading: A+ Outstanding
A, A- Excellent
B, B+ Very Good
B- Good
C, C+ Acceptable
C- Needs improvement
D – See the Professor
F – Failure
Inc. Incomplete – can opt to re-take course


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Last month New Geneva launched a new blog site “New Geneva Ambassador School Blogspot” @ http://ambassadorschool.blogspot.com/

This type of content will take the place of our original WordPress commentary.

This Blog will now be used for both students and professors. It will promote new courses, modular schedules, semester recommendations, resource links on related course topics and a host of other pertinent material.

Student and teacher comments will be allowed  provided they are edifying. Rude and argumentative posts will be promptly removed. We, at New Geneva, hope that this new venue will be used for the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom by assisting God’s people.